#HongKongProtests

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was among eight democracy activists handed new prison sentences on Friday. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@JimmyLaiApple)

  • Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai will now serve a total of 20 months in jail
  • He pleaded guilty to organising and participating in an unlawful assembly on 1 October, 2019
  • Former lawmakers Lee Cheuk-yan and Leung Kwok-hung, were also given new jail sentences

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More than 100 people, including some of the Hong Kong's most prominent democracy activists have been arrested under the new national security law. (Photo credit: AP/PTI)

  • Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy media group announced it was halting share trading on Monday
  • Next Digital Limited, which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper, said it would halt trading
  • Authorities froze the assets of its jailed owner Jimmy Lai under new national security law, two days ago

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Jailed Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong was handed an additional 10-month sentence on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@joshuawongcf)

  • Joshua Wong pleaded guilty to taking part in "unlawful" protest last year over Tiananmen Square crackdown
  • Last year, candlelight vigils in Tiananmen Square were banned for the first time
  • Hong Kong regularly marks  anniversary of Beijing's deadly 1989 repression of protests in Tiananmen Square

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The European Union and Britain also condemned the sentence terms handed out to activists. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • China on Friday sentenced several activists for taking part in protests
  • The protests have been going on since 2019
  • Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was jailed for 14 months

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Jimmy Lai, founder of the Apple Daily tabloid, is currently in custody. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • 9 veteran Hong Kong activists face jail for their role in organising the 2019 protest in the city
  • Media tycoon Jimmy Lai is among those convicted
  • Organisers claimed 1.7 million people took part in the protest on August 18, 2019

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Residents line up at the temporary testing center for COVID-19, inside the lockdown area in Hong Kong. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • China has slashed the number of directly elected seats
  • A majority of the city's lawmakers will be selected by a reliably pro-Beijing committee
  • The new measures are the latest move aimed at quashing Hong Kong's democracy movement

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Beijing's loyalists are now taking aim at the arts as they seek to impose mainland-style orthodoxy. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • M+ Museum aims to rival Western contemporary heavyweights like London's Tate Modern
  • The 60,000 square-metre venue is finally set to open later this year after multiple delays
  • Some prominent pro-Beijing local politicians accused the museum of breaching national security law

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"China has no room for compromise on issues concerning its sovereignty, security and core interests," said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • China's statement came before a high-level diplomatic talk to be held on Thursday
  • China also urged the US against talking tough and engaging in "megaphone diplomacy"
  • The American diplomats are aiming to be on the front foot in the talks

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Supporters of democracy advocate Jimmy Lai shout slogans outside Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. (AP/PTI File Photo)

  • The UK now considers Beijing to be in a state of ongoing non-compliance with the Sino-British Joint Declaration
  • The treaty was signed before Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997
  • It guarantees the financial hub special status including a high degree of autonomy to manage its own affairs

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This comes after China forced sweeping changes to the city's election system. (Photo Credits: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The move follows the massive 2019 protests of Hong Kong
  • Beijing's rubber-stamp parliament passed reforms that  only allow "patriots" to run the city
  • China has ignored previous international warnings about Hong Kong